They also produce some jokey tie-in 4koma gag strips and short manga.
And so do the fans, sometimes it's hard to tell which are Doujins and which are legit. Especially with only fan-translations the only way to really see/play these games (except for 3 Original Generations titles, which I suggest you find and play, they're FUN!)
Still, here's one of my favorite longer pieces.
Bio-Mechanical Demon soldiers and Cyborg Dinosaurs from the Center of the Earth.
This ties into the game Super Robot Wars Alpha Gaiden. A side story in the 3 part Alpha series, it has some of the cast of the first game being sucked into the future by the explosion of an enemy created for the series, just before they could help stop a shockwave from hitting the earth (which the heroes caused in order to defeat a horde of Space Monsters).
And that Future post-apocalyptic and Mad Max-like on most of the land, though some areas are civilized tot he point of the early 20th century, and there's people living in a colony on the moon.
This is a story about what happens when the heroes are chucked 3,000+ years into the future, but their enemies remain in the past.
Not everyone is gone, though. Some heroes remain. And in this post-shockwave earth, humans are fleeing into space to let the earth recover.
And for others reasons.
We open to not a good sight. Humanity hiding behind a wall, patrolled by mobile suits, with this outside.
Mycenean Beast Warriors and Dinosaur Empire Mecha-saurus-es.
And not one lead super-robot around. What they have is MP Gundams, Zakus and Valkyrie fighters.
And so, the obvious is happening: they're losing.
Getting out main focus is Relena Peacecraft, from the anime Gundam Wing. For most of us, it was our first real exposure to all things Gundam, and while she had a rather strong hatedom here in the US, Japan loves her for her subtle strength.
Relena, in a world at war, stood strongly by an ideology of (initially total) pacifism. Naive, but she believed peace was better than any war in her original series. She matured, but still believed in peace.
Though, she didn't have to content with demons and cyborg dinosaurs trying to kill all humanity.
Politically, she's become a very important figure, almost the leader of the world, but here she is, overseeing the last evacuations of the citizens of earth to space to escape the demon-dinosaur onslaught.
She could have left ages ago, but she stayed. Pretty awesome.
A Refugee caravan is caught in the crossfire and about to be mauled by a bird-like demon.
So what does she do?
If SRW can make Shinji Ikari into a badass, then doing it for Relena is child's play.
They start to rescue the caravan survivors (just those two kids, when a flash of light and a shockwave bowls her over.
When she wakes up, she's in the hospital.
Telling her this is Christina Mackenzie, from Gundam 0080: War in the Pocket. She's another leading ladies in Gundam, and a pilot to boot. A test pilot forced into battle. And she's the bearer of bad news.
Relena takes it hard.
That's Lady Une. Explaining her backstory would be a pain, but she's effectively Relena's bodyguard and the highest ranking military person here at the moment.
She can move about, and stumbles across some tired soldiers saying "hey, now we can leave in this flight because of those deaths." She's all depressed, though.
General Bat, chief general of the Dinosaur Empire, contacts him about a subterranian base moving near their position. The Great General of Darkness (Ankoku Daishogun) orders his troops to be ware, but to move forward and drive the humans from the earth. General Bat takes the mobile base of the Dinosaur Empire, and presses it to the last human stronghold.
Relena goes to see Dorothy, who's bedridden. while battle breaks out. She talks about cell death, the "Suicide Effect" (IE: the limited lifespan of cells programmed into their DNA).
It's so bad that Federation and Zeon forces are working together. If you're not familiar with the original Gundam series, let's just say that these guys really didn't like each other.
But one faction of humans isn't playing nice and attacks BOTH sides--human and monster alike.
That guy with the evil eyes is Yazan Gable, one of the most evil guys in the Gundam franchise. He kills just because he likes it. And he's in the GP-02, the only Gundam ever to have a nuclear warhead launcher as part of its standard equipment.
That's all kinds of bad.
The Titans, from the series Zeta Gundam, are basically "Corrupt Military Police force" incarnate. Any corruption concept you can think of, it's reasonable to assume they've either done it or would if given the chance.
Heero is her love intrest and main protagonist of Gundam Wing. She's really strung out.
All hopes seems lost.
Until, the support folks of the Super Robots show up! The Mazinger Army (of Mazinger Z) and the original robot created for the first game, piloted by different people, but it's effects are still the same.
Cue theme song!
Ryukuoh creates a line and dares the monsters to try and cross it.
Ryukuoh has two forms. Dragon RyuKuOh and Tiger KoRyuOh.
One has range, the other, speed.
The leader of the Titans decides such asskicking shouldn't go unpunished when one of his own troops opens fire on his flying battleship-thing.
Jerid is a decent guy, the heroes have just killed too many of his friends for him to ever consider turning.
Yeah, they're not using those machines now because... Well, no one else besides our heroes can really pilot them and not go evil or die from the forces involved.
Shin Getter and Mazinkaizer as scary machines.
Jerid shoots down Maur and then says, "Fuck ya'll, I'm nuking the place!"
And fires a shot at the Dinosaur Empire's machine land, when suddenly the warhead cracks and turns to dust.
These are Machine Cells at work--nanobots that are stripping every mechanical object they come across.
Then comes the thing spreading them, from deep within the earth. It calls itself MAGUS.
Cue Boss Music!
This is the main bad lady of Alpha Gaiden. The lresponsible for "Cleansing" the earth of civilization, as she deemed it a threat. She was once human, until she was injected with those Machine Cells and became "More machine than man."
And one tough boss too.
She has minions, the Machinery Children, in mass produced, funnel-equipped machines and one guardian.
Who gets his OWN boss music.
Including the mystical robot protector of the earth, apparently. Yikes
Bask, the guy with the googles, takes a bad hit and decides to take as many people with him as possible.
He ends up slamming his ship into Magus, damaging it.
But Machine Cells don't just break things down. They build things too. They quickly begin repairing the damage as if it were nothing. Damn thing can fully regenerate in 3 turns!
Nothing can stop it, and the machine spells start eating EVERYTHING ELSE!
But then Relena stands on the wall, hands outstretched to stop the advance of Magus with nothing but her own life.
She speachifys the monster to going away! Magus comments that with them leaving, earth will be cleansed and they still have toe Dinosaurs and the demons to worry about. Why waste time.
We end with this peace of satisfaction.
The ending texts on the last page reads: " and thus ended the age of myths."
Sadly enough, even when humans return to earth, they end up fighting amongst themselves again in this time-line, creating a massive Wave Motion Gun-equipped mech and 2 machines that can re-create machine cells for their own purposes.
That is the world the heroes end up being transported to--one that went through not one but 3 apocalpyses.